In India, approximately 2.5% of the total population suffers from mental disabilities. A large percentage of this are mentally challenged children. These children are often condemned to a life of neglect and privation.
Haryana Police Academy started the Pehal School, on 30th April 2007 with the objective to teach such children and their parents, basic life and vocational skills. The school started with eight children. Now the Pehal family consists of 4 schools, 49 children and 4 dedicated teachers.
Pehal familiarised the children with concepts of cleanliness and hygiene. An effort was made to befriend the children by playing with them and making them participate in games. Song and dance became part of their daily routine.
Pehal encourages caregivers of the children to create a similar environment at home, shower them with love and treat them as equals. They instill in the children the values of long term effort, patience and determination to bring about small but significant changes in their lives.
An art project was another initiative of Pehal. An art teacher worked with the children to create unique and timeless pieces of art which were printed on postcards and greeting cards.
Encourage your family and friends to use Pehal postcards and greeting cards
Carry Pehal with you and share the love that started it all.
If you would like to know more about Pehal: The Initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Shakuntala and Navin Chandra Joshi for accepting Deidaa as a member of Pehal: The Initiative
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